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This fine CD is the third from the St Thomas Choir under their late director John Scott and is every bit as good as their previous releases from Signum (Fauré’s Requiem and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers). Despite the CD’s short measure (under 55 minutes), the music-making is of the highest quality, with a beautifully clear choral sound, with particularly appealing, bright trebles. Scott had this music in his bones and it shows in his straightforward, no-nonsense readings of a programme that includes many of Purcell’s best-known sacred pieces, including O sing unto the Lord, Remember not, Lord, I was glad and the ever-popular Evening Hymn. Good, too, to have a brief memento of Scott’s organ playing in the G major Voluntary (Z720). With fine instrumental support from the period instruments of Concert Royal, this CD makes an excellent introduction to Purcell’s music for the church. The well-produced booklet has a typographical howler that, in giving Purcell’s dates, misplaces him by a century.

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